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MIT Researchers Create Drone Fleet To Rescue Lost Hikers

“Essentially,” says Yulun Tian, a graduate student in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, “we’re replacing humans with a fleet of drones to make the ‘search’ part of the search-and-rescue process more efficient.” Tian is describing the results of a research paper which he and other students at the Massachusetts

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North Carolina Drone Startup Makes 5th Acquisition Of 2018

PrecisionHawk, a drone startup founded in Raleigh, North Carolina in 2010, announced on Monday that it has purchased Chicago-based drone inspection company Uplift Data Partners. This is the fifth acquisition the company has made this year alone, following their purchase of Droners.io and Airvid in the first half of 2018

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Introducing the AGX840 Gimbaled Quad Sensor

Sentera announces a pre-order opportunity for the AGX840, a powerful update to Sentera’s popular 4-channel multispectral camera, engineered specifically for DJI Enterprise drone products. Powered by DJI SKYPORT and integrated with a high-speed brushless gimbal for exceptional image stability and control, AGX840 brings outstanding multispectral performance to Matrice 200 series

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NASA’s CERTAIN Program Uses NextNav’s 3D Geolocation Technology (MBS) for Urban Drone Operations

NextNav’s 3D Location Service (MBS) Brings Accurate 3D Geolocation, Navigation and Timing to GPS-Challenged Areas SUNNYVALE, CA – November 8, 2018 – NextNav, the pioneer in 3D geolocation services, today announced that its Metropolitan Beacon System (MBS) service has been accepted for use by National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

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NASA Astronaut Develops Single-Handed, Precision Drone Flight Controller

Drone pilots, from commercial experts to novices, can now increase their flight precision and improve their image/video quality with a first-of-its-kind single-handed controller from Fluidity Technologies. The FT Aviator drone controller was conceptualized and designed by former NASA astronaut, pilot and physician Scott Parazynski, who has applied spaceflight and robotics

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Ukraine to Procure Turkish Combat UAVs

According to a news release put out by Mil.in.ua, during an official visit to Turkey by the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko on 3-4 November, was signed an agreement on the purchase of Bayraktar TB2 unmanned combat aerial vehicles manufactured by Baykar Makina. It is noted that the signing of

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Russian Army Received Over 1,800 UAVs in Last 6 Years

The Russian army has received over 1,800 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) of different types over the last six years, the Russian Defense Ministry’s official newspaper “Krasnaya Zvezda” (Red Star) reported. “Over the last year, a qualitative leap has been made in the development of unmanned aerial vehicles. Almost 400 military

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Parrot Launches Bluegrass Fields Solution for Efficient Crop Assessment

Parrot has announced Parrot Bluegrass Fields, an end-to-end agriculture drone solution, which provides farmers, agronomists and researchers with the insights they need to boost the quality of their crops and maximise yields. Part of the Parrot Business Solutions portfolio, Parrot Bluegrass Fields brings together today’s popular Parrot Bluegrass drone with

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Introducing Parrot Bluegrass Fields, the end-to-end drone solution for efficient crop assessment

EIMA International (Bologna, ITA) – Parrot, the leading European drone group, today announces Parrot Bluegrass Fields, an end-to-end agriculture drone solution, which provides farmers, agronomists and researchers with the insights they need to boost the quality of their crops and maximise yields. Part of the Parrot Business Solutions portfolio, Parrot

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Drone Industry Launches to New Heights with FT Aviator: Industry’s First Single-Handed, Precision Flight Controller with Advanced Camera Interfaces

Astronaut and pilot-designed controller by Fluidity Technologies makes drone flight more precise, intuitive and easier to learn HOUSTON, November, 2018 – Drone pilots, from commercial experts to novices, can now increase their flight precision and improve their image/video quality with a first-of-its-kind single-handed controller from Fluidity Technologies. The FT Aviator

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The Lost Decade

I was finally able to meet FAA UASIO Director Earl Lawrence in person at the NASA UAM GC meeting in Seattle. I know you are probably scratching your heads saying, “Wow it took you that long? I met him at such and such show.” Please understand, I don’t go to

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Delair unveils UX11 Ag, new UAV optimized for large scale surveying in Agriculture & Forestry

Fixed wing drone significantly increases productivity and data analysis performance for planning and managing agriculture activities. Offers precise automatic geolocation capabilities, real-time processing and control in a fully-integrated, easy-to-use solution. TOULOUSE, France. – November 6, 2018 – Delair a leading supplier of commercial drone solutions, today announced a new drone

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GA-ASI Gets $263M USAF MQ-9 Reaper Contract

General Atomics – Aeronautical Systems Inc., Poway, California, has been awarded a $263,403,355 firm-fixed-price contract for MQ-9 Reaper production. This contract provides for the production of the MQ-9 Reaper aircraft in the fiscal 2018 production configuration. Work will be performed at Poway, California, and is expected to be

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China Displays New WJ-700 Long-Range Strike UAV

The China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC) has displayed a model of the WJ-700, a new long-range UAV designed for reconnaissance and attack missions. The jet powered WJ-700 has an endurance of 20hr and has two hard points under each wing. The example on display was shown with models

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PrecisionHawk Acquires Uplift Data Partners

PrecisionHawk announced that it has purchased Uplift Data Partners. Uplift specializes in the delivery of turnkey inspection services for construction, building information management (BIM) and real-estate. Uplift’s nationwide network of commercially trained drone pilots will join PrecisionHawk’s Droners.io network of more than 15,000 drone pilots, one of the largest networks

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RelmaTech Demonstrates Innovative Direct Broadcast Solution for UAS Remote ID and Tracking

RelmaTech has designed and developed an innovative solution to meet any future regulatory requirements for UAS to broadcast their position and unique ID without relying on a communications network to carry that data. RelmaTech’s leading-edge Direct Broadcast solution – a prototype version of which has been demonstrated to key people

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SENSYN ROBOTICS Starts Offering Beta Version of TOWER CHECK, an Inspection Package for Tower Inspections

SENSYN ROBOTICS, Inc. (head office: Shibuya-ku, Tokyo; President & CEO: Taishin Demura), the company known for providing commercial robotics solutions for businesses and local governments, will start offering a beta version of its new TOWER CHECK, a package for tower inspections incorporating the use of drones. The package contains a

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General Atomics awarded $10.7M for MQ-9 Reaper drone work

Washington (UPI) Nov 5, 2018 –

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems is receiving a $10.7 million contract for weather tolerance work on the MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle.

The MQ-9 SkyGuardian, more generally known as the Reaper, is a development of the legacy MQ-1 Predator designed to be larger and able to carry

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Fleets of drones could aid searches for lost hikers

Boston MA (SPX) Nov 05, 2018 –

Finding lost hikers in forests can be a difficult and lengthy process, as helicopters and drones can’t get a glimpse through the thick tree canopy. Recently, it’s been proposed that autonomous drones, which can bob and weave through trees, could aid these searches. But

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China Releases CH-5 Video

 China has released a new propaganda video of its deadly unmanned fighter jet, which shows the aircraft striking still and moving targets. CH-5, also known as Rainbow-5, was unveiled in 2016 and is said to be China’s largest and most powerful drone bomber. The aircraft can carry 16 missiles

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China’s X-47B Knockoff at Zuhai Airshow

The Chinese government regularly uses Zhuhai, also known as the China International Aviation & Aerospace Exhibition and Airshow China, to formally reveal new aircraft and other military technologies. This time around, China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC) has brought a stealthy flying wing design that has reportedly been in

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SlantRange and Microsoft Partner on Scalable Crop Analytics Solutions for Agriculture

SlantRange, Inc., provider of remote sensing and analytics systems for agriculture, announced a new partnership with Microsoft to bring a new set of powerful and scalable aerial measurement and data solutions to the global agriculture market. The partnership will combine Microsoft’s latest Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity and cloud analytics

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